I've got an office network with a Microsoft Small Business Server 2003. The Quickbooks 2008 database server is installed on the server and the clients on the LAN can access it with no problems. We've got two owners and CPA that need to be able to access the live company file from outside the office. Currently, the are remoting into one of the client computers in the office and running Quickbooks on that computer. Sadly, this way is MUCH faster than opening a VPN and accessing the company file over that.
Now the problem with accessing the company file this way is that it ties up one of the office computers, so they can only access the files in the evening when the offices are closed. They really need to be able to access the file anytime, especially during the day.
As a note, I tried a while back to run a virtual desktop on the server to remote into using both Microsoft Virtual PC and Oracle VM Virtualbox. However, I couldn't figure out how to get either to run even when I wasn't logged in.
There has to be a way to access the data from outside the office that isn't too slow to be able to work on.